"Sorry, slightly off topic but Cedarjet (or anyone that feels like replying!), just interested in why you think the MD-11 was a model too far for MDC? Surely when it came out it was a perfect replacement for a pretty successful aircraft (the DC-10, plus the L-1011 as well - in terms of range and capacity), even if it didn't live up to expectations. It was launched well before the 777 which superceded it by being more advanced and efficient so surely the market was there at the time, it just didn't work out for them."
Well, although I respect the MD-11, it was a mistake. The first flight occured in 1990, just before the A340's roll-out, and soon after, the 777. The MD-11 incorporated a 18ft 9in fuselage strech, winglets, modified tail, EFIS cockpit, new interior, and modern engines, compared to the DC-10.
The DC-10s main problem was the fact it could not meet projected performance figures. This caused SIA to cancel their order, and go to the A340, a huge blow to the project. Also, AA was very upset over all this. Although MD did beef up the -11 with enhancements, it was too late because by that time, the B777, a more economical twin-jet was just entering service. Even the 4 engined A340 provides a greater range and operates more economically.